A couple of years ago I posted about Barrie England’s blog Real Grammar; it’s now gone, along with its host (though it’s archived), but England has started a new one, Caxton (after this guy), and imported posts from his older blogs. It’s very nicely designed, and the latest post does a good succinct job of describing something I was going to post about, so I’ll just copy his text: “In his latest post, David Crystal gives details of recordings of how a sermon by John Donne might have sounded in the original pronunciation in 1622. Transcripts available here and the recordings here.” So add it to your bookmarks or RSS feed, and may it have a long and prosperous career! (Via Sentence first.)


  1. J.W. Brewer says

    Hmm. If I were doing that sort of project I might have tried to find a text with a running time materially shorter than two hours and on a topic of perhaps more timeless interest than Gunpowder Treason (although I haven’t listened, so maybe he used that as a jumping-off point for broader themes . . .). But still an impressive conceptual use of the bells and whistles of the internet to illuminate the past.
    I see you’ve closed up the Pevear thread just as the article that attracted your ire finally pops up in my facebook feed today. But as I learned from the accompanying note that the perfectly nice young lady of my acquaintance who posted it turns out to be Ms. Volokhonsky’s goddaughter, I decided it would be inadvisable to chime in with critical comments.

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